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The link between product service lifetime and GHG emissions: A comparative study for different consumer products

Glöser-Chahoud, Simon; Pfaff, Matthias; Schultmann, Frank

The production, use, and final disposal of goods are directly linked to various environmental impacts caused along their supply chains and over their entire life cycles. When assessing these impacts for energy‐consuming products such as consumer electronics, not only the emissions caused during production but also the energy consumption during the use phase need to be taken into account in order to provide a holistic view on environmental impacts. However, the interplay between a product's lifetime, reduction of demand through higher durability, energy consumption, and related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cannot be generalized but requires very specific analyses, which take into account product‐related aspects and their temporal changes as well as the (changing) properties of the energy and use system. This contribution provides a quantitative assessment of the interrelation between product lifetime and environmental impacts, particularly GHG emissions, using refrigerators and mobile phones as exemplary products with differing characteristics. Whereas in the case of refrigerators, the strongest impact is caused during the use phase because of high energy consumption and related emissions, mobile phones as representatives of classical consumer electronics have their highest environmental impact during production. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000131168
Veröffentlicht am 08.04.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1088-1980, 1530-9290
KITopen-ID: 1000131168
Erschienen in Journal of Industrial Ecology
Verlag Wiley
Schlagwörter cascade simulation; durability; global warming potential (GWP); greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; product lifetime extension; scenario analysis
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